Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

UAE in top 10 for overseas Filipino workers

The Philippine labour secretary says her compatriots deserve a $400 minimum wage in the UAE.

ABU DHABI // The UAE has contributed significantly to the Philippines' labour mobility as it is one of the country's top 10 markets for overseas Filipino workers, Rosalinda Baldoz, the Philippines' labour secretary said yesterday.

"We are deploying many skilled professionals here, although we continue to have a sizeable number of domestic workers," she said.

"Normally, it is this vulnerable sector [domestic workers] that would create an impression of abuse and exploitation, so we welcome the adoption of the ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers."

In June 2011, the UAE voted in favour of Convention 189 at a conference of member states in Geneva.

It promises domestic workers clear conditions of employment before they start work, a monthly salary in cash, one day off every week and freedom of association. However, the UAE has yet to ratify the convention.

The labour secretary said that if the UAE could address this particular area then "we will see a more vibrant market where there are more positive and more concrete results in terms of the value added to our migrant workers and fewer negative issues that arise from exploitation and trafficking".

She does not consider the US$400 (Dh1,469) minimum wage set by the Philippine government for household workers as a barrier to labour mobility.

"Our domestic workers are competent and possess certain qualifications that other domestic workers from other countries do not seem to have," she said.

She hoped that any agreement would include faster issuing of visas, electronic contracts and a faster processing of exit permits for the repatriation of workers.


Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

No words can describe this April 17, your captions will

Have a catchy caption for this picture. Share it with us and we might publish it and reward you.

 The year-long project aims to create a form of social autobiography — the story of Dubai documented by those who know it best, the people who live there.

Zoom in! This is your Dubai in a single image

On our sixth birthday, we are all about pictures. So here is our #mydubai offering. Using zoom.it, explore the city.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 This Dh17,000 Miele system can prepare your choice of coffee - from capuccino to espresso - at a touch of a button. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Miele puts art in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National